PETER LOVENKRANDS insists Rangers can have no complaints about Celtic skipper Scott Brown being allowed to play in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
The midfield powerhouse will be able to lead out the Hoops after the club said they would appeal his red card in Sunday’s controversial 2-2 draw with Ross County in Dingwall.
Lovenkrands believes his former club would have had no hesitation in using the appeals system to their own advantage in a similar situation.
The ex-Danish international winger reckons the six-in-a-row champions are fully justified in seeking to exploit any technicality which will allow their influential captain to play.
He said: “If I look at it from Rangers’ point of view, why would you not take advantage of the system?
”That’s the way it’s been proved to do it, so, of course, you would do it. If it had been Rangers, they would have done the same thing. So they are just taking advantage of the system and it’s worked in their favour.
“I have no issue with it. It’s the way it is and if there’s a gap they can exploit to make sure he can play, then fair dos.”
Lovenkrands also admitted to being impressed with new Ibrox boss Pedro Caixinha since he took over from Mark Warburton.
He said: “Sunday isn’t going to faze him. I don’t think anything will.
“After meeting him and speaking to him, I think he knows what he wants and is very focused on what he is looking for from the players and the club.
‘He will be probably be more excited about Sunday than anything. The thing that impressed me most about Pedro was his ideas and the way he’s thinking football-wise.
“He knows his stuff and he appears to be very hard working in terms of preparation.
“He’ll be fine in his first experience of the derby, but only time will tell because the Old Firm can get to anyone in the heat of the moment and we’ve seen that before.”